Each year, ATD Baton Rouge membership elects members to lead the organization. All chapter leaders are volunteers who help the organization to provide programs and services to its members.
Julie Miller currently serves as the Talent Development Facilitation Supervisor at Louisiana State Civil Service. Julie and her team assist Louisiana State Civil Service in fulfilling their goal of attracting, developing, and retaining a productive, diverse, and engaged workforce by creating, designing, and delivering training.
Julie has been involved in training in varying capacities for 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Training and Development Manager
Recreation and Park Commission, East Baton Rouge (BREC)
Nicole Payne-Jack, Ed.D. is currently the Training and Development Manager of the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC). She has served as a Professional Development Instructor/Trainer, facilitated national training workshops, professional development speaking engagements, created and facilitated organizational training modules, and led the expansion of volunteer and leadership development programs throughout the gulfcoast region. Nicole has served as BREC’s Toastmasters International VP Education for its chartered club.
Prior to her role at BREC, she served as a Professional Development Trainer at Lantec Corporate Training Center where she facilitated soft skills trainings for hundreds of employees from a variety of industries/organizations throughout Louisiana. She holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with concentration in Human Resources Development, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management, is a Certified Green Belt through the International Association for Six Sigma Certifications and holds over 20 years of experience in leadership and organizational development, training delivery, program development, and performance management. Over the past decade, Nicole has enjoyed developing programs in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Atlanta Department of Parks & Recreation and the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services and local organizations throughout Louisiana. Above all, Nicole is a lover of learning with a passion for people. It is through that passion that fuels her purpose in life…to make a positive impact on the lives of others, whether they expect it or not! Outside of her work life, Nicole is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and enjoys any opportunity to volunteer in service to others. In her spare time, traveling and spending time with her family are top priorities, well at least pre-COVID.
Jennifer Schuelke is the Talent Development Manager at Louisiana State Civil Service where she oversees the talent development and workforce development teams. Jennifer and her team help fulfill the State Civil Service goal to ensure the state is equipped with innovative workforce solutions designed to meet the unique needs of each state agency’s mission. Jennifer specializes in improvement science, competency modeling, and information management.
Jennifer, a former LSU student-athlete and certified teacher, earned a Master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resources Development and a Bachelor’ s degree in English Education from LSU. Prior to joining the SCS team, Jennifer worked to design and implement competency-based programs in secondary education, in NFL sponsored non-profit academic programs, and in higher education. Accordingly, she has conducted workshops, served as a consultant for school districts, and presented on the national level. Jennifer’s passion for continual improvement along with her varied experiences designing competency-based systems, allows Jennifer the ability to develop flexible performance development and management solutions.
Tanguela Powers, also known as Tangie, is a Talent Development Specialist at Neighbors Federal Credit Union. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Minor in Human Resource Leadership Development. As a Certified Credit Union Facilitator, she focuses on developing and implementing training that prepares new hires for success. She also manages Neighbors FCU's mentorship program, designed to help team members with their career development.
She has held different roles within the credit union, but the constant in each has been her desire to help and serve others. She is excited to bring her passion for service as Secretary for ATDBR and looks forward to building new relationships.
Leadership Development Program Manager
Louisiana Transportation Research Center
Marcus Sylvas is the Leadership Development Program Manager at the Louisiana Transportation and Research Center. In his role, he conducts a variety of customized leadership development courses for Department of Transportation and Development employees across Louisiana. Prior to this role, he worked as a Talent Acquisition Specialist at Louisiana State University where he specialized in faculty, staff, and executive recruitment.
Marcus earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business from LSU and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Southern University. He is currently in pursuit of his PhD at LSU after earning a Master’s degree in Leadership and Human Resources Development in 2021. In addition to earning his second Master’s degree, he also passed his SHRM-CP in 2021. Outside of his work and academic life, Marcus is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Society of Human Resource Management. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and trying different foods.
Training & Development Specialist
Louisiana Secretary of State's Office
Burgundy Cummings is responsible for the Training and Development program at the Secretary of State’s office. She creates and delivers eLearning and facilitator-led training on various soft skills and leadership development topics. She manages the LMS for the Department and is responsible for the Department's philanthropic projects.
Burgundy has over 10 years of Human Resources experience and has transitioned into a training role within the last 7 years. She has previously served as the VP of Marketing and Communications at ATDBR. She is excited about serving in her new role as the Secretary of ATDBR and looks forward to meeting more members!
Tara Gallope is a Talent Development Consultant for Louisiana State Civil Service where she serves as a Training Facilitator and Instructional Designer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and is pursuing a Graduate degree from LSU in Leadership and Human Resource Development. She is excited to continue this role where she can utilize her background in Marketing and Communications to create and share content that is both a great representation of the chapter and engaging for the members. Tara’s people-oriented personality drives her passion for training and talent development, and she hopes to continue to build meaningful connections with more TD professionals through her service on ATDBR's Board of Directors.
Annisia D. Osborne, MSHRLD is a multi-faceted, versatile Human Resources professional. Through her experience, she has been able to cultivate her skills in recruitment, training & workforce development, consulting, career coaching, and organizational change. Currently, she is serving as an HCM Solution Consultant at Workday. She holds a Master’s of Science in Human Resources and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University. Annisia is also an advocate for education and community engagement. She serves as a Mentor with the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition and enjoys providing academic support to high school students. Rooted in passion, purpose, and positivity, Annisia possesses a deep interest in serving within capacities that allows her to provide resources, skills, and strategies for people to succeed.
Laci Talley is currently the Talent Development Technical Manager of Louisiana State Civil Service. In this position, Laci has helped to shape the program’s eLearning philosophy and development approach through her innovative course design, rigorous assessment standards, and continuous quality improvement. She works with her team to create multimedia learning experiences and performance support products. Prior to joining this department in 2013, Laci was as an Associate Professor of English at a local college. During her decade in higher education, in addition to teaching, she helped to create a wide variety of courses and to establish multiple administrative policies and procedures.
Laci holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Southeastern Louisiana University. Outside of work, she is a writer, filmmaker, and pet parent to Pumpkin and Lola.
LaShawn Breaux serves as the Talent Development Coordinator at Home Bank. In her role she manages the logistics of departmental projects, operate and serve as the primary administrator of the Learning Management System , manages internal and external training/ development, from the new hire experience to upskilling and manage the training/development request process.
She is excited about serving in her new role as the VP of Programs on ATDBR Board of Directors and looks forward to meeting more members. In her spare time she enjoys creating wreaths and floral arrangements, spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
VP of Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
Rebecca Arnett is a Senior GRC Analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. With experience and education in creating innovative training and development technologies, she has dedicated herself in creating strategic solutions that impact company-wide growth and drive business objectives. With proven success in business consulting and project management she effectively identifies core issues and creates solutions that eliminate waste and build the foundation for success.